A VPN is a Virtual Private Network.
Community computers communicate with each other at home. You likely have a Wi-Fi network which allows your devices and computers to communicate with each other. A VPN extends that concept of a network and makes it virtual. In fact, you don’t necessarily have to have a router to control the network. It can be done in software, and it’s private which means you’re controlling it and not everyone has access to it.
VPNs provide the ability to connect to a network outside your current network and use that network as your origination point for internet requests. What it means is that you can connect to a VPN in another country and access the internet and log off from that country as now your requests are originating from that network.
Furthermore, your computer will be sending all traffic through one connection to the VPN. This means that your ISP and other third parties cannot keep track of the various connections to different websites, protecting your privacy.